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Communities get creative to get rid of vacant land

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - Local communities are coming up with new and creative ways to get rid of vacant lots.

Sandusky's "Mow to Own" program encourages next-door neighbors to buy city-owned lots considered too small to build on.

All it takes is a small down payment, then the balance of the cost can be paid off through lawn-mowing and property maintenance.

In Lucas County, there's another way for neighbors to take ownership of one of the thousands of vacant properties.

Neighbors can purchase tax delinquent properties for as little as $100 through the Lucas County Land Bank. The Land Bank is able to take ownership of the properties through tax foreclosure.

"It's a way to get control of properties that otherwise would sit blighted, sit as a problem, and put them in the hand of folks that can do something with them," said David Mann, Executive Director of the Lucas County Land Bank.

The new owner must maintain and pay taxes on the property, cleaning up a neighborhood eyesore.

"We think that's a win for the neighbor, for our taxing districts and school districts, but ultimately, it's a win for the whole neighborhood," Mann said.

For more information and to begin the process of purchasing a neighboring tax-delinquent property, go to

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